Overview Ombuds, Monitors, and Other Approvers If a conflict of interest may impact students or junior faculty assigned to the project, or if the project requires additional financial, scientific, or data oversight as a result of a conflict of interest, the COI Office assigns an ombudsperson or monitor to the COI Management Plan.  The ombudsperson and/or monitor must review and respond to the COI Management Plan in M-Inform, as part of their role. Navigation The COI Management Plan can be accessed via:
Overview Unit Reviewers are responsible for reviewing and acknowledging outside interest disclosures for all personnel in their division, department, or unit (as applicable) who are required to disclose. As a reviewer, you also have the ability to assign another reviewer to an individual (i.e., a Special Reviewer). This procedure is divided into the following sections:
Overview COI Staff When a discloser identifies a new company they are an owner of, or has a relationship with (via the COI question on a PAF or by the U-M Office of Technology Transfer), the COI Office creates a Company Profile, and then prompts the UM Company Contact Person to complete the Company Profile in M-Inform for conflict of interest review.
Overview COI Staff If COI Staff determine during administrative review that a Research Certification (RC) requires review by a COI Committee, they must assign the RC to the appropriate review committee and add the RC to an upcoming meeting agenda.  Navigation COI Staff Dashboard > My Inbox tab
Overview Faculty and staff are required to disclose their outside interests annually in M-Inform per U-M, unit, and Public Health Service (PHS) financial conflict of interest (FCOI) regulations.  Disclosing may include reporting that you do not have any outside interests related to your U-M responsibilities. Definitions
Overview Ombuds, Monitors, Other Approvers Active COI Management Plans undergo an annual review process at which time the ombudsperson or monitor answers a short series of questions in M-Inform to submit updated information about the conflict situation and their role on the management plan to the COI Office. Persons serving in multiple roles on the management plan must submit a response for each role.
Overview Upon reviewing your outside interest disclosure, the COI office may request additional information in the form of a Research Initiated Certification (RC) to help determine if a potential conflict of interest exists. This procedure outlines how to submit your responses to the COI Office via M-Inform after receiving an email notification of a Research Initiated Certification. Navigation The RC can be accessed via:
Overview COI Staff COI Staff can update the Institutional Conflict of Interest (ICOI) flag in M-Inform for managed sponsors. The ICOI field is displayed on the COI Administrative Record (CAR) workspace. Navigation COI Staff Dashboard > Manage Sponsors tab